Varicose veins are more than a nuisance. Not only do they mar the appearance of your legs to the point that you want to hide them all of the time, but they can also make you really uncomfortable. If you suffer from varicose veins, they aren’t going to go away on their own. Problems like yours are due to issues with the valves in your affected veins. When working properly, the valves are supposed to close after the blood makes its way through your veins to travel back to your heart. When you have varicose veins, the valves are faulty. They don’t close and blood flows backward. It creates a pool in your vein that results in bulging veins.
As more time goes by, your vein will continue to swell. You can expect your legs to ache and feel heavy as you drag those bulging veins with you everywhere you go. You’re supposed to walk to improve your circulation, but all you want to do is put your feet up. If you’ve had enough, consider a phlebectomy procedure for effective varicose vein removal.
Understanding a Phlebectomy Procedure
A phlebectomy is usually performed in one visit and you are allowed to go home afterwards. During the procedure, small incisions are made in the area concerning your varicose veins after the area has been numbed. Once the incision has been made, a special tool will be used to pull the problem vein out of your leg. You won’t need stitches because the incisions are extremely tiny. You will be given compression stockings to wear and should be able to go home.
You should take it easy for the first 24 hours and avoid extreme activities for two weeks following your procedure. Expect to wear compression stockings for up to three weeks after your phlebectomy. You will be encouraged to walk regularly to strengthen your veins and give your circulation a boost. You’ll notice the difference in the appearance of your legs as soon as you take your compression stockings off.
Steering Clear of Varicose Veins in the Future
You can be proactive when it comes to avoiding more varicose veins after a phlebectomy. Watch what you eat, keeping your salt levels down to a minimum in the foods that you eat. Get exercise on a regular basis, including activities that will make your legs stronger. When your legs are strong, your veins will be strong too.
Talk to Our Team About Varicose Vein Removal
If varicose veins are troubling you, you do not need to accept them. Make an appointment to talk to our doctor at Cardiology Consultants of Southwest Florida about phlebectomy and how this minimally-invasive procedure can help you to get rid of your problem veins. During your consultation at our office in Fort Myers, our doctor can evaluate your varicose veins and your medical history, helping you to move forward toward your phlebectomy procedure. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more.